Durbin: Republicans are making it 'as hard as possible' to vote

Illinois Sen. Dick DurbinDick DurbinSchumer sets Monday showdown on debt ceiling-government funding bill Democrats surprised, caught off guard by 'framework' deal Senate panel advances antitrust bill that eyes Google, Facebook MORE (D) blasted efforts from Republicans in various states to crack down on voter fraud on Wednesday, accusing GOP lawmakers of widespread voter suppression.

Responding to a question about a recount in the Florida Senate race between Gov. Rick Scott (R) and Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonEquilibrium/Sustainability — Presented by The American Petroleum Institute — Climate change turning US into coffee country Elon Musk mocks Biden for ignoring his company's historic space flight How will Biden's Afghanistan debacle impact NASA's Artemis return to the moon? MORE (D), Durbin called for a fair count of the vote and an end to GOP efforts to allegedly stifle voter turnout.

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"We also want to put an end to this voter suppression," Durbin said Wednesday. "For goodness' sake, why does the Republican Party think its fate is tied to reducing the number of people who show up to vote?"

"A democracy, if it works, has more and more participation," he continued. "[It] makes it easier for voters to come forward. Yet the Republicans have found ways time and again to impose ID cards, limit the early vote, try to make it as hard as possible for people to vote."

"Clearly they believe that this is the way to overcome the demographics, which are not headed their way," Durbin added.

Democrats including former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHaiti prime minister warns inequality will cause migration to continue Pelosi: House must pass 3 major pieces of spending legislation this week Erdoğan says Turkey plans to buy another Russian defense system MORE hammered the GOP ahead of Tuesday's midterms for alleged voter suppression tactics, particularly in Georgia, where thousands of voters where threatened with ineligibility over registration issues.

In Kansas, a top member of President TrumpDonald TrumpGraham says he hopes that Trump runs again Trump says Stacey Abrams 'might be better than existing governor' Kemp Executive privilege fight poses hurdles for Trump MORE's now-shuttered voter fraud panel lost his bid for governor after the panel was criticized as an attempt by the Trump administration to crack down on legal voters.